When I found an Aurelio Costarella coat in perfect condition in the depths of crowded clothes racks in 2020, I thought I was going to hit the jackpot.
I later discovered that this monochrome masterpiece was a unique piece of clothing, and my jackpot find had suddenly turned into a treasure.
Established in 1963, Bindaring Clothing Sale has made a name for itself as Perth’s treasure trove by consistently sourcing the largest luxury range of vintage pieces within Perth’s saturated market.
The coveted event, which has raised more than $2.4 million for the Red Cross over the years, has eager guests queuing from 6 a.m. to score a designer piece from the past. .
Big names like Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood are often seen, but for committee member Karen Leary, a standout designer donation in 2020 was two authentic Chanel coats that resold for $900 each.
The luxury finds didn’t arrive as you’d imagine hung in a garment bag with no dust showing, but instead in a large bag of plain clothes, as if it were a treasure to be discovered for an unwitting volunteer sorter .
“We’re getting massive names donated and continue to be amazed when we find them in folded bags,” Leary told AAA.
“It speaks volumes about people not having to worry about donating a high-end label. They are happy to pass it on.”
The commission receives an average of 10 tons of clothing annually, often from residents of the affluent western suburbs and celebrities, including Kate Walsh.
On May 15, visitors can expect a plethora of mouth-watering finds, including pieces by Isabel Marant, Balenciaga, a new Christopher Esber dress pictured, donated by Showroom-X and many more.
The charity event has also partnered with South Metropolitan TAFE to showcase eight upcycled student creations made from a selection of this year’s donations.